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Better Off Dead: (Jack Reacher 26) Paperback – 31 Mar. 2022
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Reacher never backs down from a problem.
And he's about to find a big one, on a deserted Arizona road, where a Jeep has crashed into the only tree for miles around. Under the merciless desert sun, nothing is as it seems.
Minutes later Reacher is heading into the nearby border town, a backwater that has seen better days. Next to him is Michaela Fenton, an army veteran turned FBI agent, who is trying to find her twin brother. He might have got mixed up with some dangerous people.
And Reacher might just need to pay them a visit.
Their leader has burrowed his influence deep into the town. Just to get in and meet the mysterious Dendoncker, Reacher is going to have to achieve the impossible.
To get answers will be even harder. There are people in this hostile, empty place who would rather die than reveal their secrets.
But then, if Reacher is coming after you, you might be better off dead.
Although the Jack Reacher novels can be read in any order, Better Off Dead is the 26th book in the internationally popular series.
Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of.' Ken Follett
'If you haven't read any Jack Reacher, you have a treat in store . . . a hitchhiker without a phone, a one-man force for good.' The Times
'A contemporary version of the knight in shining armour . . . Reacher is a mythic figure.' Literary Review
'Jack Reacher is a wonderfully epic hero; tough, taciturn, yet vulnerable... Irresistible.' People
'Jack Reacher has long since earned his prominent place in the pantheon of cool, smart-talking American heroes.' New York Times
Thoroughly entertaining . . . it's good to have some of Reacher's brutal certainties back. ― The Times on THE SENTINEL
The one man revenge machine seems revitalised. Great stuff. ― Sun on THE SENTINEL
The coolest continuing series character. ― Stephen King
Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can't get enough of. ― Ken Follett
About the Author
Andrew Child is the author of nine thrillers written under the name Andrew Grant. He is the younger brother of Lee Child. Born in Birmingham, he lives in Wyoming with his wife, the novelist Tasha Alexander.
- Publisher : Penguin (31 Mar. 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0552177520
- ISBN-13 : 978-0552177528
- Reading age : 13+ years, from customers
- Dimensions : 12.8 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have read all the other books in the series and loved them all - but this just doesn’t feel like a Lee Child book, it feels wrong. I’m not sure wether his brother is now the lead writer or they are out of ideas but this is (in my opinion) the worst Reacher book by a mile.
I wish they were more books from when Reacher was still in the MP’s.
Unfortunately, this book and the previous, both by Andrew Child but with Lee’s input have been a disappointment. So much so in this, Better Off Dead, with the incredibly annoying change to first person (why dear god, why!) and Reacher not behaving the same, that at 30% through the book I’m king about giving up.
Mr Child, we the fans did not approve of the great Tom Cruise in the films for all the reasons that I know you understand. The same is happening to your awesome character now - he has lost a foot in height and a 100 lbs. Please bring him back as he should be!
Is Child going the same way as Wilbur Smith? Wilbur's name prominently on the cover but not actually written by him. The difference between the genuine to the upstart small print author was obvious. The books are very far short of the Smith only originals.
Ok, we have to wait and see what sort of a job Child the Younger does in his first solo Reacher book but it will never be the same again.
I won't bother about going into the analysis of the book, the plot and everything else that so many other reviewers have done such a brilliant job with. They are right. This is just an insulting money spinning attempt to get money from so many thousands of loyal Reacher fans. Enjoy your money Lee but just call a halt to the gravy train. Let Jack go and put an end to this sham.
Better off dead sees Reacher in Arizona. A state well set for crime fiction. Deserts make good hiding places for bodies, and predators abound. Michaela Fenton, ex army and now an FBI agent is looking for her brother. To find him means getting answers from Dendoncker; a man heavily protected and wary of outsiders. Bring it on. Reacher has always been an outsider.
Reacher has his mission. Find Michaela’s brother. Reunite him with his sister. Move on. Simple enough, right? But with Reacher books, there is often a bigger underlying picture, and sure enough, that is the case here. The wider parts of the plot are slipped in throughout the narrative but the action is pretty much on tap. What I particularly enjoyed about Better off dead were the classic Reacher elements. Damage or eliminate the henchmen; the hired help. Front up; bluff your way out of tight spots. Cheat. And then when your enemy is least expecting it, go for the throat. I felt good reading Better off dead. Reacher has his mojo back.
When the Reacher books get it right; they are peerless. The Killing Floor, Die Trying, Echo Burning, Tripwire; they got your heart racing. You didn’t want any interruptions and would tear through them as if your life depended on it. They got you in that zone, they clicked. But so many others left you wondering where the magic had gone. Formulaic, lacking in passion, devoid of the strong storylines and crafted violence that put Reacher books on the top shelf; a hallowed place that so many other writers aspired to but fell short. Night School signalled a new low for Reacher and Child but it wasn’t unique.
The Killing Floor stands alone, and to measure books by the standards it set would be unfair. Still, Reacher fans are a loyal bunch and they rightly expect a book that sees Reacher on the top of his game. Better off Dead may not have it all off pat but it does a lot of things right. It doesn’t do that many things wrong. And, for me, it brings Reacher back as a literary character who can hold his head high.